Complete Guide on Setting Up Kiosk Mode in Windows 11
- Windows 11 Kiosk mode is perfect for devices that are used as self-check-in kiosks at airports.
- This mode is not available in Windows 10 Home, but it is in the Pro edition.
- It includes assigned access to single-app kiosks, as well as multi-app kiosks.
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It’s been a long time since Windows had a feature called kiosk mode, which turns an ordinary device into a single-use device that can only run one app. So, today we are going to show you how to set up kiosk mode in Windows 11.
The most common application of this feature is setting up an Internet-accessible computer as a kiosk that guests can use to access the Internet. Or fill out an application and convert an existing device into an interactive digital sign to demonstrate a product or promote a business to customers.
Follow along as we show you how to enable and disable kiosk mode in Windows 11, right after seeing in more detail what it is and how it works.
What is Windows Kiosk Mode?
Windows lets you create fixed-use devices like ATMs. Or point-of-sale terminals, medical devices, digital signs and kiosks using the Microsoft Azure platform.
By using Kiosk mode on these fixed-use devices, you can provide a dedicated, locked down user experience to your customers.
In order to provide a more secure environment for public or specialized use, Windows offers a number of locked experiences. Including assigned access single app kiosks, assigned access multi-app kiosks and shell launchers.
Depending on the kiosk configuration, an assigned access or a shell launcher is used. Based on your answers to the following questions, you can choose from a variety of different kiosk setup approaches.
Alternatively, if you want only one program to run on your kiosk and everyone can see or use it, consider an assigned-access single-app kiosk that runs either a Universal Windows Platform app ( UWP), or a Windows desktop application.
Keep reading our Windows 11 Kiosk Mode guide to learn how to turn it on and off whenever you want.
How do I enable and disable kiosk mode in Windows 11?
1. Enable it from Settings
- Hold the Windows + I to open the Settings the app and go to Accounts followed by Family and other users.
- Under the Set up a booth select the section Begin button.
- Enter the name of the kiosk then click on Following.
- Select the application you want to use in Kiosk mode and click on Following and continue with the configuration settings.
- After completing the steps, log out of the main account and then log in with the Kiosk account to enter the mode.
By using the CTRL + ALT + OF THE hotkey will bring up a menu of alternatives for exiting the session. For example, shutting down the computer, restarting the device, or logging in with another account.
Note that there is no Windows 11 kiosk mode for multiple apps, as the feature is only available in Windows 10. If you need to use kiosk mode for multiple apps, learn how to switch back to Windows 10.
2. Disable it with your administrator account
- Hurry the Windows + I to access Settings and access Accounts followed by Family and other users.
- Under the Set up a booth select the section Delete kiosk button. Once you have done this, the kiosk will be removed from your Windows 11 computer.
Does Windows 10 have a Kiosk mode?
Windows Kiosk mode is supported for Windows 10 Pro (there is also Windows 11 Pro Kiosk mode), Enterprise and Education editions, and Windows 11. Kiosk mode is not available for Windows 10 Home devices.
However, there is a kiosk mode in Windows 11 Home. If you decide to upgrade, feel free to use our guide on how to download or upgrade to Windows 11 as a reference.
For more information on the differences between Windows 10 and 11, see our article on some of the features that were removed from Windows 11.
It is especially useful for locking down Windows 10 and 11 devices used for specific purposes. Such as self-check-in kiosks at airports, point-of-sale (POS) terminals at self-service restaurants, and digital signage used for advertising.
Moreover, it ensures that users cannot change device settings and access other features or apps on the device. Or use it for purposes other than those for which it was intended.
Check out the top five kiosk software for Windows 11/10 to track regular entries, exits, and visits to your building.
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